Orthotics: The Perfect Fit

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Orthotics help treat pain in your joints, lower back, or legs. We’ve worked out problems large and small by evaluating patients and then making custom Orthotics using The Orthotic Group’s GaitScan™ technology.

Generelly, Orthotics can be divided into two groups: accommodative, built to better support your feet for stress reduction on your joints, and functional, designed to adapt how your foot functions when standing, walking or running. Either can have a positively therapeutic effect on your skeletal system.

What can you expect when being fitted for Orthotics? It depends on your situation, but you can be sure of three things:

  1. A review of your personal medical history and lifestyle, taking into account past injuries and difficulties, and what sort of activities you participate in, and also the different types of footwear in your collection.
  2. Examination: a hands-on exam of your feet and lower limbs, analyzing foot structure, range of motion, and identifying any possible anomalies. We’ll take a look at your gait by observing how
    you walk or run, too.
  3. GaitScan™ analysis: while some may make a plaster mold of your feet, we prefer using GaitScan Technology, which takes into account your feet in action. This provides us with a more accurate, customized orthotic with the best fit and function. Dynamic Scanning: as you walk across the GaitScan plate, 4,096 sensors are set to scan the plantar surface of your foot in motion, recording timing sequences during your gait and captures the relative pressure for each of ten distinct anatomical landmarks. Pressure Mapping: we’re able to view your plantar pressure distribution in both two and three dimensions. Detailed images help identify high-pressure areas and existing biomechanical inefficiencies.

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A Custom Orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical, medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom Orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes — they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom Orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom Orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole, and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.

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After your Orthoctics are made, we’ll give you a couple of weeks to get used to them and then we’ll make a note of the positive results. We think you’ll agree they’ll make a difference in how you walk and how much better you’ll feel.

Diana, one of our patients, told her story via this video. “Oh my God, it was like night and day!” she says after getting her own Orthotics.

 

 

Give us a call at (212) 260-2213 or stop by our office at 33 East 7th Street in New York’s East Village. We’ll go over the specifics together. We’re here to help you find the perfect fit for your health and wellness.